We can increase collective computer security by taking cues from the healthcare industry, argues Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing. Charney outlined this position in a recently published paper entitled Collective Defense: Applying Public Health Models to the Internet

In a post on the Microsoft On the Issues blog, Charney writes, "Just as when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others' health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society." Charney says that Microsoft will provide and promote research and development to follow the public health model in computer security while still supporting user control and privacy.

Read Charney's blog post.

Download the paper.